Snow is in the forecast for Long Island this winter. And while you're first instinct might be to hibernate indoors, instead bundle up the kids and take a ride down one of the many hills around the Island that's perfect for sledding. There's something about flying down a snow-covered hill that brings out the kids in all of us, so it's the perfect family activity.
Listed below are several places for an early morning or afternoon of fun in the snow. And for more family-friendly activities, be sure to look at our Long Island Events Calendar.
If your family loves the feeling of gliding across freshly packed snow on skis, you are certainly thinking about packing up the car and heading out for a day of skiing this winter. Fortunately, there are a few places that don't require hours in the car with screaming kids. Here are five places where you and your family can enjoy a full day of skiing without traveling more than two hours outside of New York City. Even if your family has never skied before, you may want to check out this list in case you decided to take a chance and experience the sport that so many love.
The cold temperatures and snow have arrived, but that doesn't mean we have to hibernate. There's still plenty to do - inside and out - even when the mercury drops. And the area North of Boston is no exception.
From museums and indoor play centers to parks and skating rinks, the possibilities are endless. But here are our top 25 things to do with kids North of Boston this winter. Cross one or all off your Winter Fun list and show Jack Frost just who's boss.
Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories. Since we had the steepest hill on the block, all of the neighborhood kids would come over with their sleds. I have tried to recreate those magical days for my son at some of NYC's best sledding hills but the logistics can be challenging—there isn't always enough snow and lugging a sled on the subway is a drag. Plus, where am I supposed to store a sled in my tiny apartment anyway?
That's why every winter, we jump in our car and hit a nearby snow tubing spot. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that's reminiscent of my carefree childhood days. Unlike skiing, no skill or gear is required. Everything you need (a tube, a hill and snow) are provided by the parks. Just dress warm and you're good to go.
Here are 10 ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing, most less than a two-hour drive from midtown Manhattan. You can find more seasonal activities in our Winter Fun Guide.
Winters in Connecticut can be much more bearable if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Our Winter Fun Guide has plenty of ways to do just that! Below is a comparison of five area ski resorts that are family-friendly. Tip: If you want to avoid lines head to any of these mountains FIRST thing in the morning and be pleasantly surprised. I was at Mohawk one morning and had the lodge to myself! Going on a week day is always great too. If cross country skiing is more your thing check out these recommendations in Hartford and Fairfield Counties. For even more skiing and snow sports ideas please check out our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.
Skiing - it sounds so appealing, doesn't it? Getting some much needed exercise, filling everyone's lungs with fresh mountain air, letting the kids play in snow, enjoying an activity the whole family can do together -- ah, right. That's what stops you every year. Because the whole family sounds like a whole lot more people when you're counting lift tickets rather than heads.
The good news is that some ski resorts seem to understand this dilemma and have been inspired to create 5th Graders Ski Free programs around the country. Not only did you read that right, there are no tricks or strings. No, you don't have to give anyone a credit card number that auto-pays annual ski passes every year until college. In fact, you don't really have to do anything but choose the right ski resort and prove that your kid is in the 5th grade. The rest is a win-win for all involved: the ski resort takes a gamble on hooking your kids for life after letting them ski free for an entire season. Fair enough. Mom and Dad get to ski without coughing up the extra cash to find out whether Junior loves or hates snow sports. Everyone wins; everyone skis, and all just for reaching the ripe old age of ten.
All parents know how quickly the years seem to pass as we watch our babies grow into big kids. At Mommy Poppins Philadelphia, our mission is to help families make the most of this precious time with their children, finding the best events and activities to enrich their lives and create special memories right here in the City of Brotherly Love.
That is why we have compiled a list of the top 100 things to do with kids in the Philly area before they grow up. With a city so rich in culture, history, recreation, world-class museums, theaters, zoos, parks, annual festivals and events, the time to get out and start exploring is now!
So, you’ve made some family resolutions for the New Year. Perhaps this year you want to get outdoors and be more active with your kids. Or you want your children to get excited about science and technology. Maybe you want to eat healthier foods, be more creative, or encourage intellectual curiosity. Those aspirations sound great, but where to start?
We have some ideas! Read on for activities you can do with your kids on New Year’s Day to jumpstart your family's resolutions. Even if you don’t believe in making resolutions, keep reading for 15 things to do with your family on January 1, 2015.
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